Achieve makes the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies for fifth consecutive year, with three-year sales growth of 93%.
Founder, President and CEO
As a founder of Youthline USA — an educational publication for students in grades 3-8 — and as Board Member of the AAP (American Association of Publishers) School Division and New Jersey Technology Council, Ms. Dodelson brings with her extensive knowledge about online and print educational publishing. From 1987 to 1999, she was Director of Finance with AT&T. During this time, she redesigned and marketed the Israeli2000 project — the Israeli Knesset's robust web site. She has 15 years of experience in business and finance, technology, and marketing. In 2004, she was the recipient of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the New Jersey Finest Business Award, and the Educator500 Award.
Founder, Chief Academic Officer
Prior to co-founding Achieve3000 in 2000, Dr. Gertler co-founded Youthline USA — an educational publication for students in grades 3-8 — where she served as its executive editor from 1997 to 2000. Dr. Gertler brings extensive experience in the educational publishing field. From 1992 to 1994, she worked as a researcher in a long-term study in which she designed and developed systems in the area of health psychology, including an on-line application for quantitative analysis of mental health status. She holds a BA in education and psychology from Columbia University and an MA and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fordham University.
Chief Financial Officer
Former CFO of MediZine, Inc. — a leading consumer health educational publishing and marketing company, F+W Publications — a publisher targeted at enthusiasts in a broad variety of special interest consumer markets, and International Masters Publishers — a global direct marketing publishing company; Mr. Saretsky's background includes a combination of experience in both small entrepreneurial and large corporate environments for both privately-held and public companies. Mr. Saretsky spent over 20 years at American Express Company, as CFO of various subsidiaries. He earned both a Bachelors and an MBA in Finance from Carnegie-Mellon University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Chief Product Officer
Jim comes to Achieve3000® with more than 16 years of experience in developing and marketing leading educational products and solutions. Prior to joining Achieve3000, he held a number of positions at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, including Senior VP of Product Management and Strategy and Senior VP of Portfolio Management and Strategy. In these roles, he was responsible for product management, marketing, and market research for pre-K through grade 12 and helped to develop comprehensive and specialized solutions across all curriculum areas. Before that, Jim held product development and marketing positions at National Geographic School Publishing, McDougal Littell, and Pearson Education. He earned a BS in Economics and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Chief Operating Officer
George joins Achieve3000 with over 25 years of experience in education helping to build new and growing businesses. He was most recently at Pearson where he held a number of senior financial, operational and general management positions including his most recent role as Chief Operating Officer of Pearson's US School Group, a portfolio of business focused on curriculum, instruction, professional development and virtual and blended learning services. His experience is broad and varied and also includes time with other education, software and media businesses including Simon & Schuster, Viacom, and Paramount/Gulf & Western; he started his career with Price Waterhouse. He earned his Bachelor in Accounting from Rutgers University and is a Certified Public Accountant.